Beervana Road to Beervana

To celebrate the amazing world of beer and the people behind it, we'll be showcasing some of New Zealand's beer ambassadors through our "Local Legend's" series. Keep checking back here for new faces and some fun stories. If you know a local legend let us know on Facebook or Instagram and they might appear on this mini hall of fame! 

Tag @beervananz with the #locallends to let us know who you celebrate in the beer community!

LOCAL LEGEND Ava Nakagawa - Beer Baroness, Christchurch

Why you love Beervana: 

The coming together of the industry as well as collective creativity... it’s been incredible to watch a festival grow so rapidly over eight years. My first, 2010, will always hold an extra special place as it was my first and everything was new to me and it felt like an exciting beginning for a lot of people / breweries... I also think it was the last Beervana I attended as a punter!

Fave Road To Beervana Pitstop: 

Honestly, am I allowed to say all the venues??! I love the growing nature of a week long event.. It’s gaining momentum and I think adds to the excitement. I think the road trip is fab and I am looking forward to seeing both Islands covered this year!!!

You can check out Ava's and other South Island Road to Beervana events here.


LOCAL LEGEND Craig Cooper - Bach Brewing, Auckland / Hawke's Bay

First Beervana: 

We had a Limburg Brewery stand at the original Brewers Guild Beer Fest at the Wellington Town Hall in 2005, but under the Beervana banner, 2012 was my first as an attendee.

Why you love Beervana: 

Because there’s such a massive collection of brewers, and new beers under one roof - so much choice and two whole days to taste it.  My favourite moment as a stand holder is the final bell on Saturday night - time to pack-up, relax and have a gin and tonic! (beered out by this stage).

Fave Road To Beervana Pitstop: 

Last year we went via New Plymouth and that was really special since that is where Liberty first started. And we can’t have Beervana without having a pint at the Malthouse or breakfast at Sweet Mothers Kitchen. 

Make sure you check out their Bach Beach Party during The Road to Beervana.

 


 

LOCAL LEGEND Christina Wood - Liberty Brewing, Auckland

First Beervana: 

2011. It was the first year that it had changed venue and our first year of producing beer for the public. We had paid to go on the brewers stand and were lined up beside 8 Wired and other breweries. We got to stand and pour our two taps and chat to the punters. Such an eye opener.

Why you love Beervana: 

You get to reach so many different people. And being able to meet the fans and make some new ones is so much fun. Plus the bonus of being able to see what other breweries are doing is great. We don’t get to hang out with other brewery owners much as we tend to all be super busy running our own place. And I love watching the reactions of people they take that first sip and how their eyes light up. Still gives me such a buzz.

Fave Road To Beervana Pitstop: 

Last year we went via New Plymouth and that was really special since that is where Liberty first started. And we can’t have Beervana without having a pint at the Malthouse or breakfast at Sweet Mothers Kitchen. 

Make sure you check out The Road to Beervana events happening all across the country. 





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